Oncidium, Dendrobium, Vanda, Maxillaria, all of which I grow in my solarium
Again, I have to generalize but most Oncidiums and Vandas require bright light and intermediate/warm temperatures, so I locate these in the brightest parts of the solarium against the front windows. Others requiring less light can be placed further back where they get some shading from overhead mounted plants.
Listed below are some examples of these Genera which do well under my conditions.
|This is a typical Oncidium specie sometimes called "dancing ladies".The blooming spikes can be up to 24" tall and there are many long lasting flowers. Yellow is the predominant colour often marked with red, although shades of brown and other colours also exist.|
|This Dendrobium hybrid is of the "Nobile" type which needs a cool drying off period after it finishes its growing cycle in November. Then watering is much reduced and the plant kept as cool as possible and in very bright light next to the front windows, in the coolest part of the solarium. After buds form along the stem, watering is steadily increased back to normal and the plant starts blooming in January. This type of Dendrobium is a tall grower but there many other types of Dendrobium which are compact, but they are all well worth growing.|
|This charming little specie is Brassovola nodosa which is extremely fragrant at night and is also called "Lady of the night" for this reason. It is very popular and its sister specie Brassovola digbyana has been used extensively in Cattleya breeding because it imparts its large frilled lip to these hybrids.|
|The picture shows another example of an Oncidium hybrid which contains several other genera in its makeup. As you can see, the blooms are very pretty and dainty and sometimes fragrant too.|
|I included this picture of a mini-Cattleya because of its fame and popularity. Its full name is Hazel Boyd "Apricot Glow" and is one of many excellent hybrids resulting from this cross. It is a small plant, yet the flowers are quite large and very long lasting for a Cattleya type. It is a good choice for window sill growing, but it does require bright light.|
|Vandas are usually very warm growing and they also require very bright light too. This makes them challenging to grow in our climate, however, some of the hybrids related to Vanda coerulea with its brilliant blue colour are not so demanding of high temperatures and can be grown with care|